"THE INDIAN BEEF CONTRACT."
"This contract for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1874, has lately been awarded by the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, to Col. J. M. Barney, of Wm. B. Hooper & Co. The contract requires him to supply beef to the Colorado Indians, those at Verde and Apache, and on the San Carlos and Chi-ri-ca-hua reservations. Colonel Barney has recently spent a couple of months in California, awaiting the determination of this business, together with other matters, but returned to Yuma a week or so ago, where he intended to remain a short time and go to Ehrenberg, where he spends most of his time. The experience of the past year in regard to the failure of Congress to appropriate money enough to pay for beef furnished the Arizona Indians, made it a great favor to government for him to accept the contract, and even now Congress may fail to meet past obligations and future ones, too; but if it does, that body should nevermore permit the peace policy to be advocated in Washington."
"Mr. H. C. Hooker will continue in the immediate management of supplying the reserves with beef. Although in much doubt as to what would be done or who will have the contract after June 30, he has managed so that no reserve will be out of beef; and he has also purchased several thousand head in New Mexico, and will have them in Arizona in time to meet the public demand. Mr. Hooker is active, well up in the business by years of experience, and will fill the bill another year."
(Arizona Citizen; Tucson; July 5, 1873; page 2, column 1.)
"CATTLE FOR VERDE: The Albuquerque Review of June 21st, states that 800 head of beef cattle had just passed that place, bound for Camp Verde, in this Territory. W. C. Franks had charge of the herd." (The Weekly Arizona Miner; Prescott; July 12, 1873; page 1.)